Sunday, October 23, 2016

Cinder Lake and Denison Loop, October 22nd, 2016

commentary by Donna photos by Al and Donna
It was a chilly start of a morning but 18 hikers led by Donna made their way around Cinder Lake and Denison dam area.  We all decided to "go off the beaten path" to check a  trail leading off only to find it ended up at another dam.  Lunch break was on the causeway.  A couple of wise hikers sat amongst the trees to avoid the breeze.....can you see who it is? PHOTOS

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

***** Highway Clean-up *****

from Astrid
Our Fall Highway Clean-up will be on Wednesday, October 26. Meet at Sears parking lot at 10:00 am.  Please bring work gloves and dress appropriately for the weather.   We will divide into groups to clean the east and west sides of Hwy 108 from the Airport to the Depot Lake parking lot.  Necessary equipment such as safety vests and garbage bags will be supplied.  

Monday, October 10, 2016

***** Blog postings *****

Your blog admins are taking a break. There will be no posts until October 17 at the earliest.  Anything submitted for posting via email will be posted as soon as possible after the 17th.  

Horne Lake Loop, October 10, 2016

Linda sent these pictures of today's Horne Lake Loop hike led by Donna PHOTOS

Nordic Mine Site, October 8, 2016

Sheila sent these pics of Saturday's hike on the Nordic Mine site, led by Jean Guy.  Eleven was cool but lovely PHOTOS

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Matinenda Escarpment

Commentary and photos by Emily 
Thursday, Oct 6 was another fine, fall day for a hike. The clouds and mist lifted for us at the circle and the sun shone through!!  The route that was chosen was to begin at Westview Trailer Park at the beginning of the Blue Trail, then to the edge of Horne Lake  and along the Matinenda Escarpement to the Ski Hill for lunch.  We left cars at the Ski Hill parking lot and carpooled from there to the beginning of the Blue Trail. A few bugs but all in all a great day for a hike!! The fall colours are in their full glory as seen in the photos courtesy of Ron Tellier!!  We always have great hiker camaraderie and today was no exception. Yay Team!!  PHOTOS

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!  Let us be thankful for good friends and family!!

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Nordic Mine Site, October 3rd, 2016

commentary and photos by Donna
Blue skies, warm temperatures and the changing of the leaves brought 20 hikers out today led by Donna.  We ventured into Nordic Mine Site, taking the upper loop in and road back out.  Lots of chatting and laughing along the way we made our way to end of Westner Lake, where we sat on the hillside for lunch.  Hikers were sitting amongst the rocks and small trees, see if you can locate whomever in the lunch hide and seek photo. Chuck decided to give up on mushrooms and decided he wanted to be Neptune for the day.  PHOTOS

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Quirke 2, October 4th, 2016

commentary and photos by Nickie
This morning, ten hikers  enjoyed a leisurely walk on the Quirke 2 mine site.  Despite the overcast sky and some form of nasty little bug, it was a very pleasant outing.  There were some interesting discoveries along the way and the lunch stop overlooking the lake never disappoints. If anyone can identify the nuisance bug that is out there, please let us know what it is. PHOTOS

Monday, October 03, 2016

Lower Rochester Falls, October 1st, 2016

commentary and photos by Sheila
On Saturday Oct. 1 nine hikers set out with Marty for a trek to Rochester Falls.  Because there was no flow we were able to cross over and enjoy our lunches on the beach in front of the Sprague cabin.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Spine Beach/Red Briffett Trail, September 28th, 2016

commentary by Emily, Photos by Nickie and Jody
Threatening skies did not scare nine hikers today as they gathered for the  Thursday  hike.  We were joined by a new hiker today who brought his camera.
We started at Spine Rd Beach and walked  the lower part  of the ski trail  to the Red Briffett Lookout.   People were very pleased with the trail markers from the Spine Rd Ski Trail to the Red Briffett Lookout.  There had been  some curious bears in the area as evidenced by some teeth marks and claw marks on the Lookout signs.   
The view was amazing from the Lookout.  The sun was shining in a mostly blue sky by the time we stopped there  for lunch.   More leaves have changed colour since the Saturday  hike to the  High Rocks.    Those cliffs  directly across from us  looked spectacular .
After a relaxed lunch we headed back to the Spine Rd Ski Trail  and continued on our way to the cabin that overlooks Mink Lake.   Another photo opportunity from Mother Nature!   We kept hiking  past the  entrance to the Mink Lake Trail and checked out  the rocky shore of that lake.  No moose were in the vicinity. 
We went  down to the lower part of the Ski Trail at Loop 3 and continued on back to the parking lot.  Huge burls on yellow birches  and absolutely striking  examples of various mushrooms and fungi  were visible throughout the trail.   The trees provided a lovely canopy above much of the trail.  Sunlight  shining through the leaves  onto the trail  provided  some great  photos.
A good day for an 11 km hike with so much of nature's glory on display. PHOTOS